The emotions on display at a junior world championship are refreshingly honest and unpracticed; the athletes have not made multiple trips to medal stands, don't have long winning streaks going, and probably had no clue whether they could win the event or not coming in, there being no historical results almost whatsoever pitting the current contestants against one another, given the turnover in athletes from year to year due to the age limits. more
Finals Begin at Junior Worlds The first day of finals at Jr Worlds presented a mass of dramatic storylines, from prohibitive favorites crumbling seconds before the line to a winning coxswain coming to the medals podium with his head wrapped up like a Revolutionary War soldier. » more
Friday in Trakai: Crosswinds and Close Margins It was a bit of "job done" for US crews in the A-B semis this morning, with all three crews advancing by placing third in their semi; in all of the races, the overall margins were close enough that any of the crews could be able to be a factor in the finals. By the end of the day, only the junior men's double and the women's single had failed to advance, the women's single just by a devastating hair's breadth. » more
Jr World Rowing Champs Underway; Notes from the Course Sunny skies, warm temps and a mostly direct headwind made for some long and hard-fought races on Lake Galves in Trakai, Lithuania on Wednesday; on Thursday, the first crews to launch did so in a light rain, but by late morning it was all sun, heat, and headwind again. » more
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